Friday, January 16, 2009

Good In Bed



A few days ago I read an article aloud to my husband from my favorite magazine, Real Simple. In it is the amusing story of a woman, Julie Rottenberg, who loves to sleep. And I don't mean sleeping in until 10 or 11 a.m.

As she puts it, "I am a superhuman sleeper." When I told my husband that she describes her sleeping habit as a passion, an obsession and can even be a talent, he laughed and nodded completely in agreement. The author can sleep until one, two, and even until three in the afternoon for stretches of 12 to 15 hours. As someone who thinks that sleeping in is around 10 or 11 a.m., I didn't think it was possible to sleep until three in the afternoon. Not until I met my husband.

Some days, on the weekends, I'd get so frustrated because he'd "sleep the day away" as I'd put it - luckily he doesn't do this all the time. Some days I let him sleep in. I've discovered that we each have our own levels of grumpiness when we don't get our beauty sleep.

After I finished reading the article, I found myself partially agreeing with the author when she wrote the following paragraph:

"So when I find myself lying in bed on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning, plagued with the feeling that I should get up and embrace the day, I do not. Instead, I abandon all guilt and shame, put on my sleep mask, roll over, commit to sleeping, and continue sleeping until I can sleep no longer. I firmly believe that only then, in the deepest of sleep, can true progress begin."

So here's to sleep that builds enough confidence to conquer the day and replenishes the body and soul; and to lazy Sundays spent in pajamas :)

Check out the article Good in Bed by Julie Rottenberg in February's issue of Real Simple.

6 comments:

PavlovianDoggy said...

Well done. My fiance and I were pleased to see a mention of this article. Well written, wry, and fun.... it was a perfect read for us. The only reason we are here is because it seems the page that finished the story was ripped out for some reason, and we were left hanging by the first half......

Anyhoo... you gave a little sense of closure in lieu of a missing ripped out page (Not only ripped out.... but missing as well!!!).

Well done person I do not know. Well done.

Be happy and sleepy and awake and all balanced and happy...

Oh wait I said happy already.

Anyhoo.... this is from a nice young couple in SF, CA. Goodnight!

Jessica said...

weird... the magazine I was reading had the second page ripped out and missing as well and I was left hanging...

Ruthy said...

How odd that the pages were ripped out! Did you guys go to the same place?

PavlovianDoggy said...

I am in SF at least... and yes I could see some eager intern ripping out real simple pages that mentioned them, etc. prior to the mag shipping. I wish I had seen the other part of the article. I just looked again the other day. So odd that it was ripped.... and the rip looks like it was vigorous with enthusiasm if that matters. Not delicate.... not rough. Just excited. =)

ragazzambulante said...

That's so funny, because a particular guy friend I have (ahem) does that, and it also drives me crazy. It's probably the neurotic nature I inherited from my mother, but it feels like he's wasting the entire day and I can't stand the thought of that.

Ruthy said...

Oh yah? May I ask who this 'friend' is? :)

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